un·​planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio) \

Definition of unplanned

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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Utility man David Fletcher was out of the Angels lineup for an unplanned second game on Sunday. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "What’s next for the home run ball Shohei Ohtani hit off Yusei Kikuchi?," 9 June 2019 The unplanned reunion gets off to a rocky start, until Jennifer requests that the former flames sing their favorite duet for her first dance. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Hallmark Announced Its June Weddings Lineup and We're Falling in Love Already," 18 May 2019 If all goes well, the range of coverage—from HIV, herpes and, of course, unplanned pregnancy—will be unprecedented. Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek, "Plantibodies Could Pave the Road to Wellness," 15 Dec. 2014 Spare capacity is the extra production oil producing states can bring onstream and sustain at short notice, providing global markets with a cushion in the event of natural disaster, conflict or any other cause of an unplanned supply outage. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: The Fed will likely raise interest rates today. But will it weigh in on Trump's trade war?," 13 June 2018 Until Thursday, the plant had been offline for 43 days — one of its longest unplanned outages — after crews discovered a significant issue with a transformer that provides power for Pilgrim to operate. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "No matter your industry, good communication tech makes a big difference. Here’s why," 20 Apr. 2018 The intimate story of Cleo's relationship to the fracturing family and her unplanned pregnancy plays out against the backdrop of sociopolitical upheaval taking place in Mexico at the time. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Roma Before it Sweeps the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 And while the Internet might have gone crazy for the not-entirely-unplanned Fiji girl, the evening’s winners—Olivia Colman, Roma, Sandra Oh—were (hopefully) an optimistic portend of the types of wins to come this award season. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the Golden Globe Awards—Hollywood’s Liveliest Night of the Year," 8 Jan. 2019 For me, unplanned moments like that are hard to come by. Jamie Friedlander, The Cut, "Mastering the Art of Caring Less," 3 July 2018

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1775, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unplanned

: not planned or expected

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